Radial Engineering has announced that as 2023 winds down and tour sound and audio rental companies prepare for a busy 2024 season, many of them will be gearing up with a range of Radial equipment, including direct (DI) boxes.
“Radial products are 99 percent rider proof,” says Ben Krumholz, sound engineer and system tech at Maryland Sound. “When bands ask for a generic DI for a show or on a rider, most engineers or techs will not think twice when handing them a Radial box. That’s because every time you plug in a Radial box, you know the output is going to sound true to the instrument.”
“Direct boxes are probably one of the most abused pieces in the industry,” explains Jason Wells, COO of Mid-America Sound. “In addition to their primary purpose, DIs get used as wheel chocks or to prop up monitor wedges. They get dropped off keyboard stands, they get tossed into the bottom of a mic bin. Radial DIs can take this type of abuse and just keep working.”
Rob Mailman, senior vice president at Sound Image, adds, “A DI is not a large piece of gear that’s well protected in a road case like other gear. It gets thrown around on stages. And the housing on Radial gear is so robust. In my experience, Radial Dis are very well built and assembled and require very little if any service throughout their hard life on the road.”